Legal Aid

Terms of reference 
  • Advise and make recommendations to the Bar Council and its Executive on all aspects of the relationship of the Association and its members to publicly funded legal assistance providers. 
  • Advise the Bar Association membership on issues relating to the provision of legal aid services. 
  • Consider Legal Aid Commission policies and consult with the Commission in the interests of the Association's membership. 
  • Liaise with all Committees of the Association concerned with the provisions and administration of legal aid and other forms of legal assistance. 
  • Advise, and/or prepare, representations to be made on behalf of the Association or individual members in relation to dealings with government and other bodies concerned with the provisions of legally aided services.
  • Make its best endeavours to obtain a review of the fair remuneration payable to counsel in Legal Aid work, bearing in mind the fact that there has been no increase in some fees payable to Counsel in Legal Aid matters for almost a decade.


Dean Jordan SC (Chair)

Alex Radojev

James Trevallion

Emily Ito

David Price

Christopher Lawrence

Kellie Stares

Jane Paingakulam

Scott Fraser

Emmanuel Kerkyasharian

Duncan Brakell

Michelle Swift

Clyllyn Sperling

Jeffrey Clarke

Nerissa Keay  

Robert Armitage

Rose Khalilizadeh

Talia Epstein

Thomas Liu

Ellyse Matterson and Elizabeth Pearson (Bar Association Staff Member)

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